How to Host the Ultimate Summer Barbecue

June 27, 2019
Treetop Park

The long-awaited summer season is finally here, and there’s no better way to celebrate its arrival than by hosting a barbecue! Before you start up your grills, check out our tips on how to host a stress-free, fun-filled summer barbecue that you and your guests will remember for years to come.  


Valley Vista Park Irvine

Valley Vista Park  

Make Entertainment a Priority 

Whether you are hosting a barbecue at home or at a local park, you’ll want to make sure your guests are having fun. Luckily, when you live at the Villages of Irvine the entertainment options are endless! Residents can host the best barbecue in Orange County at one of the Village parks, including Treetop Park with built-in barbecue and picnic areas, Tot Lot playgrounds and acres of open space, and Valley Vista Park, which houses a lap pool, wading pool, basketball court and barbecue areas. These are just two of the more than two-hundred Village Park options that Villages of Irvine residents can choose to host their summer barbecues at! After all, there’s nothing like pools, playgrounds and sports to make a day in the sun even more fun. 


Create a Welcoming Set-Up

If you’re hosting an at-home barbecue, you’ll want to ensure that your space is fit to accommodate all of your guests. Specially built with entertainment in mind, the spacious open floor plans at Barcelona Irvine Spectrum, Reserve at Orchard Hills and the brand new Hillside, Bluffs and Highland neighborhoods in Portola Springs make the ideal gathering space for friends and family. 

Barcelona Irvine Spectrum

Barcelona Irvine Spectrum

The vibrant California Great Rooms at Barcelona Irvine Spectrum blend indoor elegance with outdoor splendor so guests can mingle and catch up while enjoying the California sunshine or air conditioning. These homes also offer convenient first-floor bedrooms, if any friends or family from out of town decide to stay over after the barbecue. 

Ravello at the Reserve at Orchard Hills Irvine

Ravello at the Reserve

Residents of Ravello can set up a poker or game room space in the optional downstairs dens for a fun spin on traditional summer barbecues games. For larger gatherings, guests can also venture to the upstairs family lofts, which overlook the stunning California Great Rooms with high-vaulted ceilings. Additionally, residents can take advantage of the optional wine rooms at Ravello and opt to barbecue items that pair well with wine.

Prep Food Before Guests Arrive 

Take the pressure off hosting a barbecue by prepping as much food as possible the night before. Pre-cutting fruits and veggies will allow you to spend more time with your guests, and less time cooking, while keeping produce fresh. The well-equipped, modern kitchens at the Villages of Irvine make this task fun and easy.

Como at the Reserve at Orchard Hills Irvine

Como at the Reserve

With plenty of cabinet space and walk-in pantries, the kitchens at Como at the Reserve are fit for a chef. The night before the barbecue, you can take a seat at the granite countertop island and whip up a few delicious side dishes. Don’t worry, the optional KitchenAid French Door Refrigerators offer more than enough space to store food. 


Spark Up The Grill 

Once the location is all set, the food is prepped and the guests have arrived, it’s time to spark up the grill! While hamburgers, steaks and chicken are typically the go-to for grilling, you can consider what else you can toss on the grill for smoky barbecue flavor, such as corn on the cob, asparagus and vegetable kabobs. 


The recipe for a memorable barbecue calls for equal parts of great entertainment, great food and great times. With highly-desirable floor plans and resort-style amenities, including gorgeous pools, playgrounds and barbecue areas, it’s easy to cook up a good time when you live at the Villages of Irvine! Visit our website to discover everything these masterfully-planned villages and neighborhoods have to offer.

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